Barbara Rhoades
Barbara Rhoades
Barbara Rhoades appeared as Gladys, a tall sexy redhead gangster's moll in two episodes of Sanford and Son during its fifth season.
Vital Information
Born: (1946-03-23) March 23, 1946 (age 72)
Birthplace: Poughkeepsie, New York, U.S.
Family/Personal information
Spouse(s): Bernie Orenstein (1979-present)
Character/series involvement
Appeared on/
Involved with:
Sanford and Son in guest appearances
Character(s) played: Gladys in the episodes "The Hawaiian Connection: Parts 1 & 2" in Season 5
Sanford and Son retro Wiki Script

Barbara Rhoades (born March 23, 1946) appears as lovely red-headed moll Gladys in the episodes "Hawaiian Connection: Parts 1 & 2" in Season 5 of Sanford and Son. Barbara is known primarily for her comedy and mystery roles, especially as lady bandit Penelope "Bad Penny" Cushings in The Shakiest Gun in the West opposite Don Knotts (1968). She had a memorable role as Jodie Dallas's future wife, Maggie Chandler, in the TV series Soap.


Born and raised in Poughkeepsie, New York, Barbara began acting in the late 1960s.

She has had guest roles on various television series including It Takes a Thief, Ironside, Mannix, Columbo, Kojak, Alias Smith and Jones, Love, American Style, [The Odd Couple, The Six Million Dollar Man, Maude, Trapper John, M.D., and Murder, She Wrote. In 1989, she was cast as Jessica Gardner on the NBC soap opera Generationss. On television into the 2000s, she appeared on a 2003 episode of Law & Order.[1] She also had a recurring role as the private detective Maggie Chandler on Soap.

A tall (5-foot-10), voluptuous redhead, Rhoades appeared in a number of 1970s films. They include There Was a Crooked Man... (1970), opposite Kirk Douglas and Henry Fonda, and Up the Sandbox (1972) starring Barbra Streisand. She played a police officer, "No Balls" Hadley, in 1977's The Choirboys and a Vegas hooker who picks up Art Carney along the road during his Oscar-winning performance in Harry and Tonto (1974). She also had a role in Neil Simon's The Goodbye Girl (1977) and 1973's "Scream Blacula,Scream". In 2007, she appeared in the movie First Born with Elisabeth Shue.[1]

Rhoades joined the American soap opera One Life to Live in 2011, playing the recurring role of Irene Manning, childhood best friend of Victoria Lord (Erika Slezak).

Selected filmographyEdit

Year Film Role Notes
1968 The Shakiest Gun in the West Penelope 'Bad Penny' Cushings
1973 Scream Blacula Scream Elaine
Little Cigars Helen Credited as Barbara Rhodes
Alternative title: The Little Cigars Mob
1974 Harry and Tonto Stephanie
1976 The Great Houdini Margery Crandon
1977 The Choirboys No Balls Hadley
1980 Serial Vivian
Year Title Role Notes
1968 The Virginian Josie 1 episode
1970 The Partridge Family La Von 1 episode
1971 Bewitched Aretha 1 episode
1972 McCloud (TV series) Susan 1 episode
1972 Mission: Impossible Vicki Wells 1 episode
1973 Night Gallery Julie 1 episode
1974 Happy Days Bubbles McCall 1 episode
1975 Petrocelli Virginia Halima 1 episode
1976 The Blue Knight (TV series) Carrie 4 episodes
1976 Sanford and Son Gladys 3 episodes
1978 The Love Boat Di Di Donnelly 1 episode
1979 Hanging In Maggie Gallagher 6 episodes
1980–1981 Soap Maggie Chandler 10 episodes
1982 Magnum, P.I. Marcella Ziller 1 episode
1985 Cagney & Lacey Cece Wentworth 1 episode
1986 You Again? Maggie Davis 4 episodes
1988 Charles in Charge Pat Walker 1 episode
1990 Father Dowling Mysteries Daphne Dumont 1 episode
1991 Over My Dead Body (TV series) Det. Loraine McBride 1 episode
1993 Diagnosis Murder Marcy Blake 1 episode
1995 Marker (TV series) Woman 1 episode
2003 Law & Order Kathy McGarity 1 episode
2011 One Life To Live as Irene Manning


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Barbara Rhoades Biography (1947-)". Archived from the original on 8 March 2009. Retrieved 2009-02-21. 

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